A day after station is shut, Ugandan talk show host is arrested
August 12, 2005 12:00 PM ET
New York, August 12, 2005—An independent radio and print journalist was arrested today in connection with a talk show focusing on the July helicopter crash that killed southern Sudanese leader John Garang. Andrew Mwenda, a journalist with Monitor Publications, was still in custody late this evening, according to sources at the news organization.
The arrest comes a day after Ugandan authorities shut down the Monitor group's KFM radio station, citing the Wednesday night talk show hosted by Mwenda. The program featured a discussion of the helicopter crash and the threats by President Yoweri Museveni to shut any news outlet that "plays around with regional security." The helicopter, which belonged to the Ugandan government, crashed on July 30 as it was transporting Garang back to Sudan from a meeting with Museveni.
Mwenda answered a police summons at around 7 p.m. local time and was asked a variety of questions about his work, including Wednesday's talk show, according to a source at KFM. Monitor lawyers say he could be charged with sedition, according to sources at the news organization.
Monitor Publications Managing Director Conrad Nkutu described the detention as "an excessive reaction from the government." He also said that the group will "use all legal means to defend our situation."
"We call on President Museveni to ensure that Andrew Mwenda is released immediately and unconditionally and that KFM is allowed to reopen," said Ann Cooper, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. "Arbitrary censorship and harassment of journalists is not something one expects to see in a democracy."
In a speech on Wednesday, Museveni accused local media and Mwenda of threatening regional security by reporting on Garang's Sudanese People's Liberation Movement, the Ugandan army, and other regional issues. Mwenda is also political editor at TheMonitor, an independent daily owned by Monitor Publications, and his print reports have drawn the president's ire. Two weeks ago, according to a CPJ source, he wrote articles on the strained relationship between Uganda and Rwanda.
Ugandan editor charged with criminal libel and 'offensive communication'
June 14, 2019 4:24 PM ET
Nairobi, June 14, 2019 -- Authorities in Uganda should end the criminal proceedings against Pidson Kareire, managing editor of privately owned news website The Drone Media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....
Ugandan regulator orders news website suspended and threatens criminal charges
February 12, 2019 1:13 PM ET
Nairobi, February 12, 2019--Ugandan authorities should withdraw a directive ordering the suspension of the Daily Monitor news website, retract a threat of criminal proceedings against the publication, and refrain from using regulations to retaliate against journalists covering sensitive political issues, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....
Ugandan authorities arrest BBC journalists investigating black market drug sales
February 7, 2019 12:46 PM ET
Nairobi, February 7, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ugandan authorities to immediately release a team of three journalists and one media worker detained in connection with their investigative reporting and to drop any investigation into a fourth journalist, who is part of the same team....
Ugandan security forces attack and detain journalists covering protests
August 23, 2018 2:27 PM ET
Nairobi, August 23, 2018--Security forces beat and detained at least four journalists covering protests in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on August 20, and confiscated or damaged their equipment. CPJ today condemned the attacks and called on Ugandan authorities to hold those responsible to account....
Nairobi, August 17, 2018-- Authorities in Uganda should immediately drop charges of incitement and malicious damage to property against two journalists and investigate allegations that security personnel on August 13 and August 14 assaulted members of the press reporting on political unrest in northern Uganda's Arua District, the Committee...